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The Centre on Friday approved enhancement of financial aid to orphaned children of ex-servicemen in the country. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to announce the humanitarian gesture to the Armed Services.

According to Raksha Mantri’s announcement, orphaned children of Ex-servicemen (ESM) will now be granted Rs 3000 per month instead of Rs. 1000 per month.

This will enable orphaned children to lead a better life with respect and honour, the government said in a press release.

The financial assistance to orphaned children of ex-servicemen operates under a scheme run by Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) and is funded from Raksha Mantri Ex-Servicemen Welfare Fund (RMEWF).

It is a subset of the Armed Forces Flag Day Fund. The present scheme is meant for the orphaned child who is a legitimate offspring aged below 21 years in the case of son or unmarried daughter of any Ex-Serviceman.

The applications for availing benefits under this scheme are recommended by respective Zila Sainik Board (ZSB).

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